State investigation determines Oregon legislative leaders ignored sexual harassment claims

SALEM — A five-month state investigation found that Democratic leaders in the Oregon Legislature knew legislative employees in the Capitol worked in a “hostile” environment amid pervasive sexual harassment but did little about it.

A 52-page report released Thursday by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries’ Civil Rights Division was spurred by a complaint filed by the division’s boss, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. Avakian turns over his office Monday to Val Hoyle.

“Legislative leaders failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action when they knew as far back as 2011 that people were being harmed in the Capitol because of the hostile environment that existed,” Avakian said in a statement. “The investigation showed that people in our state Capitol . . .